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Train Derails In Williams County




Tank cars, each loaded with 30,000 gallons of ethanol, lie stacked together after a derailment on the Norfolk Southern main east-west line, Monday, April 19, in Williams County, near the community of Melbern. Leaking ethanol formed a vapor cloud, which prompted emergency responders to call for the evacuation of area homes for a few hours. There were 89 cars in the eastbound train, 39 of which derailed. Seven tank cars leaked. An investigation into the mishap is ongoing.–photo by  Jennifer J. Hellard, used with permission of the Bryan Times

Tank cars, each loaded with 30,000 gallons of ethanol, lie stacked together after a derailment on the Norfolk Southern main east-west line, Monday, April 19, in Williams County, near the community of Melbern. Leaking ethanol formed a vapor cloud, which prompted emergency responders to call for the evacuation of area homes for a few hours. There were 89 cars in the eastbound train, 39 of which derailed. Seven tank cars leaked. An investigation into the mishap is ongoing.–photo by Jennifer J. Hellard, used with permission of the Bryan Times

Workers were still cleaning up a train derailment Friday afternoon that occurred Monday morning, April 19, in Williams County.

Tim Jonovich, director of the Williams County Emergency Management Agency, said the biggest challenge presented by the derailment was seven damaged tank cars that were leaking ethanol into a ditch along the tracks.

The leaking tankers forced the evacuation of 25 to 30 homes for a few hours.

9:22 am

The derailment occurred about 9:22 am between Williams County roads 8 and 9, near the community of Melbern.

Thirty-nine cars of the eastbound 89-car train derailed, said Rudy Husband, NS director of public relations.

There were 18 tank cars, with seven leaking ethanol along the track.

About 80,000 gallons was lost, said Jonovich. There were no injuries.

Special chemical absorbing booms were deployed to catch and collect the alcohol. Later, special vacuum trucks removed what had been spilled.

The Edgerton Fire Department was the first on the scene and requested the Bryan Fire Department hazardous materials unit.

Other departments responding included Montpelier, Florence and Brady townships, Hicksville, and Butler, Ind.

Norfolk Southern restored traffic on the two-track main line by 8 pm, Tuesday, April 20.

The Williams County incident is the third derailment within a 30-mile area so far this year.

“There is no connection in the derailments,” Husband

said.–David Pugh

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